There are not that many things that most fans of major league baseball know about Aaron Boone, who on Friday was hired to be the New York Yankees manager.
Of course, the former infielder is known best for his 11th inning home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium (the old one) to send the Yankees to the World Series.
He is known as well for suffering a serious knee injury less than three months later while playing in a basketball game and then six weeks later being released by the team.
That injury cost Boone over $900,000 in termination pay from his one year deal of $5.75 million that had been forfeited and led to New York acquiring Alex Rodriguez in a trade with the Rangers
Boone is also well known for being the brother of fellow big leaguer Bret Boone, son of former player and manager Bob Boone and grandson of former player Ray Boone. All of the Boone’s played in one or more MLB All-Star Games.
However, here are a few things the average baseball fan might not know about the Yankees new skipper.
While playing with the Houston Astros, Boone had open-heart surgery at Stanford University in 2009 to replace his aortic valve. He played for the Astros six months later then retired after that season to enter broadcasting.
Boone’s wife Laura was on the Playboy cover for the October 1998 issue.
Wife Laura goes on church mission trips and Boone went with her on one in January of 2015 to Haiti following the devastating earthquake.
Boone graduated from the same high school as Mark Trumbo the current slugger for the Baltimore Orioles, Pat McInally a former punter in the NFL, and actor Kevin Costner.
Boone hit the only home run during the final game at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati in September of 2002 off Dan Plesac a reliever for the Phillies.
He was a part of the only starting infield in baseball history with two pairs of brothers in the Cincinnati Reds’ final game of the 1998 season when he started at third, brother Bret was at second, Barry Larkin played short, and Stephen Larkin was at first.
As manager of the Yankees, Boone will be under a microscope and very little will remain unknown about him starting today.